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HEAD COACH

JAMIE BARRESI

Jamie Barresi was named head coach of the University of Ottawa football program in January of 2013 and enters his second season at the helm. He guided the team to a 5-3 record in 2013 and oversaw the offence which ranked second in the nation in yards per game and was one of just five schools to average over 500 yards of offence.

Barresi played four years as quarterback for the Gee-Gees from 1976-1979, including a trip to the national semi-final in ‘76. In his fifth year, he decided to help coach the Gee-Gees and later moved on to finish his eligibility at the University of Guelph. After finishing up his football career at Guelph, Barresi came back to the University of Ottawa as an assistant coach for two more years.

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His coaching career sky-rocketed from that point as he moved into a graduate assistant coaching role at Penn State. In his first year there, the Lions made it to the National Championship Game.  He went on to spend a total of twenty seasons coaching in the NCAA at notable football programs such as Florida and Wake Forest, before returning to Canada.

Joining the CFL as an offensive coordinator in 2004, Barresi started his Canadian coaching career in his hometown of Hamilton, Ont. for the Tiger-Cats. Since then he has coached on the offensive side of the ball for the B.C. Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he guided the team to a 2011 Grey Cup appearance as the offensive coordinator. In his final CFL season before heading to uOttawa, he served as the run game coordinator for the Edmonton Eskimos.

 “There are too many highlights in my career. You take one and you just nullify the 20 other ones,” explained Barresi about his coaching experiences. “It’s just the people I’ve been able to work with – those are all the highlights.”

Barresi earned his undergraduate degrees from uOttawa in Kinanthropology in 1980, and Education in 1982. He also holds a Master of Science degree from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in Sport Administration from the University of Florida. Finally, Barresi completed his doctorate in exercise and sports science from Penn State in 1992, specializing in motor learning and control.

 

ASSISTANT COACHES

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DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

DEVIN MURPHY

Devin Murphy was hired as the Gee-Gees defensive coordinator in February of 2013. Murphy played for uOttawa from 2001-05 as a defensive back and joined the coaching staff the following season, becoming a well-respected defensive backs coach. He then moved to St. Mary’s in 2008 where he served three seasons as defensive backs coach before becoming defensive coordinator in 2011. In each of his two seasons as defensive coordinator, the Huskies defence posted CIS top five statistics in yards per game and points per game allowed.  Murphy, who is from Ottawa, also coached the defensive backs for Football Canada’s 2012 U20 Junior National Team which won the gold at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Austin, Texas.

Photo of Steven Watts, coach.

SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR, DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH

STEVEN WATTS

Steven Watts, who joined uOttawa as a full-time coach in March of 2013, had a five-year career as a Gee-Gee player spanning the 2003-07 seasons. Watts worked under Murphy at St. Mary’s as the defensive backs coach, and also coached the Huskies’ special teams unit in 2012. The Ottawa native was recognized as an Academic All-Canadian and is also the program’s coordinator of community development.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE COACH

BILL MACDERMOTT

‘Coach Mac’ joined the Gee-Gees in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience to uOttawa from his fifty-year career as a football coach. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, MacDermott was the head coach at Wesleyan College for sixteen years before joining the CFL ranks in 1992. He has enjoyed a lengthy and successful CFL coaching career ever since, other than a two-year stint with the San Diego Chargers, and won three Grey Cups with Edmonton.

Photo of David Miller-Johnston, coach.

KICKERS COACH

DAVID MILLER-JOHNSTON

David Miller-Johnston is an Ottawa native now in his ninth year of coaching with the Gee-Gees. Over that time he has worked with two of the highest performing Gee-Gees kickers of all time. Named a 1997 All-Canadian during his five seasons as punter/kicker at Concordia, Miller-Johnston was drafted second overall in the 1998 CFL draft by Toronto. That was the highest a kicker has ever been selected in the CFL draft. He completed his professional career in 2002 with the Ottawa Renegades before returning to Concordia University, serving as the kickers coach for two seasons.

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DEFENSIVE LINE COACH

MIKE IRELAND

Michael Ireland joined the coaching staff in 2013. The native of Osgoode played for the Gee-Gees from 2004-06 and has remained in Ottawa, coaching with St. Mark’s high school team.

 

DEFENSIVE ASSISTANTS

 

RYAN WALKER

Walker played linebacker for the Gee-Gees from 2010-13, and collected 18.5 career tackles. The Sault Ste Marie, Ont. product studied Social Sciences at uOttawa and joined the staff in 2014.

 

SOONBUM CHA

A Burlington, Ont. product, Cha played five seasons with uOttawa from 2009-2013, totalling 38 games played in garnet and grey. The defensive back represented Canada in the 2011 edition of IFAF’s U19 World Team which defeated the United States.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE ASSISTANTS

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SCOTT WESTLAKE

An alumnus of the Bishop’s Gaiters football program, Westlake is the head coach of the Cumberland Panthers senior varsity team. The Ottawa native has also held numerous positions within the Ashbury College program, and joined the Gee-Gees in 2013 for his first season.

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KEVIN MAGEE

A graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Master’s of education program, Magee played two seasons as an o-lineman/fullback with the Gee-Gees (2010, 2012) following two seasons at Queen’s (2005-06).

 

SHAVIN FERNANDO

Fernando played centre for uOttawa for five seasons from 2008-2013, playing a big role on the offensive line which helped Ottawa to the Yates Cup game in 2010. An offensive captain for his final two seasons, Fernando joined the coaching staff in 2014.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE ASSISTANT AND HEAD STRENGTH COACH

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JOEY KWASNIEWSKI

Kwasniewski is a uOttawa human kinetics graduate who also earned a Master’s of kinesiology from the University of Calgary. He brings three years of coaching experience with the Calgary Dinos and seven years of experience coaching high school, in addition to four years as the Calgary Stampeders assistant strength and conditioning coach. Kwasniewski is the president of King Football Ltd.

 

DEFENSIVE  ASSISTANT AND ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

 

BEN D'ANDREA

D’Andrea played five seasons at defensive back with the Queen’s Gaels from 2008-12, including the Vanier Cup winning 2009 team. A native of Calgary, Alta., D’Andrea earned a bachelor of physical health and education with honours in 2012 and joined KING Football the same year.

 

RUNNING BACKS COACH

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AARON GEISLER

Aaron Geisler is an NCCP certified coach who recently served as a graduate assistant coach with the Western Mustangs while earning a Master’s degree in kinesiology. The St. Thomas, Ont. native led the OFC in rushing during his time with the London Beefeaters and now works as the Technical Director at Football Canada. This is his first season with the Gee-Gees.

 

QUARTERBACKS AND RECEIVERS COACHES

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RON RAYMOND

Raymond is the head coach and offensive coordinator for the Cumberland Panthers and spent three seasons as offensive coordinator at Franco-Cité high school. Before that, he was the quarterbacks coach with the Cumberland Panthers U20 squad. He also has provincial and national team experience, working as the quarterbacks coach for Canada’s U15 and receivers coach for Team Ontario east U18 selection camp in 2012. This is his second season with the Gee-Gees.

 

AARON COLBON

Colbon played quarterback at uOttawa from 2008-13, and was the starter during the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons. The Ottawa native ranked 7th in the CIS in passing yards per game in 2011 and 4th in 2013 when he averaged 311 yards per game. Also a talented rusher, Colbon holds the uOttawa record for passing yards in a game with 523.

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RECRUITER

CYRIL ADJEITY

Adjeitey earned three OUA All-Star awards and two second team All-Canadian awards during his five-year career with the Gee-Gees (2006-10). He co-holds the Gee-Gees record for longest reception at 106 yards, and is second in program history for receiving touchdowns in a career with 18. The Ottawa product was an Academic All-Canadian during his career and also earned an M.Sc. in biochemistry.

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EQUIPMENT MANAGER

CAMERON LYONS

Now in his 17th season with the Gee-Gees, Cameron Lyons first came to a Gee-Gees training camp in 1998 as a wide receiver. Having been involved with football since high school, Lyons has helped see the Gee-Gees through Vanier Cup (2000) and Yates Cup (2006) championships.

SUPPORT STAFF

VIDEO COORDINATOR

KEVIN HANSON

VIDEO ASSISTANT

DANIEL MICGUELS

VIDEO ASSISTANT AND ACADEMIC ADVISOR

KATIE LANDON

STUDENT THERAPISTS (HUMAN KINETICS STUDENTS)

DANIEL BAILEY
RACHEL OUEIS
SHANNON WEBSTER

MEDICAL STAFF

TEAM DOCTOR

GARY GREENBERG

HEAD ATHLETIC THERAPIST

JENNIFER BUSHELL

CERTIFIED ATHLETIC THERAPIST

SARAH KEINDAL

NUTRITION CONSULTANT

MARGARET HUGHES